A Trike-A-Thon is a great preschool or elementary school fundraiser.  Not only can you raise money with a Trike-A-Thon, but a Trike-A-Thon can also be a great opportunity to teach bike safety to children.

In a Trike-A-Thon, young children ride their tricycles or bicycles along a defined path.  Often Trike-A-Thons are held in parking lots or gyms (which also make great rain locations, incidentally).  Make sure to have lots of parents nearby to cheer for the children and to make sure everyone is safe and don’t forget to have a great music selection and stereo system.

Raising money with a Trike-A-Thon is very similar to raising money with a charity run; the participants (kids, in this case) seek sponsorship from friends and family members.  Donors should be encouraged to attend the event.  Of course, parents are expected to help kids raise money, which makes this fundraiser an excellent bonding opportunity.  During the Trike-A-Thon, parents can also hold a bake sale or an outdoor meal such as a barbecue to raise additional money.  Riders can have donors donate for each lap they complete or for simply participating in the event.  Additionally, you could easily organize the event such that children take turns riding around the track so that they don’t tire as quickly.  As for determining the event’s conclusion, you can decide ahead of time that your Trike-A-Thon will last for a certain number of hours, you can run the event until all of the kids get tired or you can wait for all of the kids to finish a certain number of laps.

Below is a great overview of a preschool Trike-A-Thon in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

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